Wild art show in Lewiston draws crowds and attention for the Scotchmans

Art opening focuses on Extreme Plein Air paintings, sculpture and an artful movie from Wildman Pictures

Over 240 visitors viewed art from the 2011 Extreme Plein Air hike in Lewiston on January 14.
Over 240 visitors viewed art from the 2011 Extreme Plein Air hike in Lewiston on January 14.

The work of Aaron Johnson, Jared Shear and David Herbold, three artists who undertook the 2010 Extreme Plein Air hike sponsored by Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, went on display in Lewiston, Idaho, January 14. And, running continuously throughout the opening night was the film En Plein Air, a 22-minute movie about the creative process overlaid on the place in which the artists found their inspiration. The majority of the movie, from Wildman Pictures, was filmed in the Scotchmans during the Extreme Plein Air trek, and features the creative genius of Joe Foster, Jake Glass and Matt Stauble, a crew from Connecticut who were attending school at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

Ensconced in the recently re-opened Lewis and Clark State College Center for Arts and History, the show opened to a continual stream of art lovers tallied at over 240 by CAH office specialist Sarah Reaves. Reaves, who confesses to “making sure everything happens” was on hand with CAH Director Lisa Jones, programming and exhibition coordinator Ellen Vieth and development coordinator Angie Weiland to see that all went well during this first show in the newly remodeled center.

The Center for Arts and History, located in a former bank building in the heart of Lewiston’s downtown, has a distinctive triangular shape and high ceilings that lend well to an art exhibit. The work of painters Johnson and Shear and sculptor Herbold filled the main gallery and overflowed into several smaller spaces.

IMG_1736“We like to bring exhibitions like this to the Center,” Jones said, “because they are multidimensional. Here we have sculpture, film and painting; several different interpretations of the same scenes in different mediums. It gives the ordinary person a chance to experience art in several different ways.

The show will run through February 11th at the Center at 415 Main Street in Lewiston. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, write to cah@lcsc.edu

Attending for Friends of Scotchman Peaks were program coordinator Sandy Compton, board member Neil Wimberley and newsletter editor Ann Wimberley, as well as Friend and fellow painter Diana Moses Botkin.

To view more pictures of the show, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScotchmanPeaks

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Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at bluecreekpress.com.

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (www.scotchmanpeaks.org/trails), which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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